Labour Exploitation

Rose Broad, David Gadd

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This chapter focuses on crimes of exploitation committed in the interests of legitimate business activity and presents three case studies of exploitation in the food processing, garment and catering sectors. While labour exploitation became the type of modern slavery most commonly reported to the National Referral Mechanism in the mid-2010s, few perpetrators were prosecuted. Drawing on Box’s (1983) analysis of how crimes that serve businesses become mystified, we illustrate how some labour exploiters convince themselves that they are merely doing what is necessary to secure jobs in industries where labour rights and regulation are considered impediments to making a profit.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDemystifying Modern Slavery
EditorsRose Broad, David Gadd
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780429053986
ISBN (Print)9780367149307, 9781032374864
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Crime and Society


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